Russlands president Dmitrij Medvedev sier at Russland ikke bør vente, men ensidig legge beslag på deler av nordområdene som støter til Russland, etterhvert som oppvarmingen gjør havområdene isfrie.

Norske medier meldte igår at Russland ønsker å heve forhandlingene om delelinjen opp på høyeste nivå. Medvedevs uttalelse tyder på en tøff linje. Han uttalelse falt på et møte i det nasjonale sikkerhetsråd.

«We must finalise and adopt a federal law on the southern border of Russia’s Arctic zone,» Mr Medvedev told a meeting of the Security Council, in remarks carried by Interfax news agency.
«This is our responsibility, and simply our direct duty, to our descendents,» he said. «We must surely, and for the long-term future, secure Russia’s interests in the Arctic.»
Under international law, each of the five countries that lay claim to the Arctic own a 320-kilometre zone that extends north from their shores. That arrangement is up for UN review in May next year.
Vladimir Putin, now Russia’s prime minister, has said global warming is good for Russia – melting its vast icy territories to reveal previously inaccessible oil and gas reserves.
With oil production declining – and Russia’s oil-fuelled power rising – it is keen to grab ever more.
«This region has strategic significant for us. Its development is directly tied to solving the long-term tasks of the state and its competitiveness on global markets,» Medvedev said.

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